Bell Joins Cheadle in Showtime’s ‘House of Lies’

by | February 1, 2011 at 3:12 PM | TV News

Kristen Bell (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Kristen Bell (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)


Kristen Bell has joined the cast of Showtime’s new half-hour comedy “House of Lies,” Showtime announced Tuesday.

Bell joins leading man Don Cheadle (“Iron Man 2“) in the dark comedy about a self-loathing management consultant from a top-tier firm. The series, which begins production this month in New York and Los Angeles, is based on Martin Kihn’s tell-all book, “House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time.”

The series is created, executive produced and written by Matthew Carnahan, who created the FX series “Dirt” starring Courteney Cox as a tabloid editor.

Cheadle will star as Marty, “a highly successful cutthroat consultant” who isn’t above using any means, or anyone, to get his clients the information they want. Bell, of “Veronica Mars” fame, will play Jeannie Van Der Hooven, “a razor-sharp, Ivy-League graduate” who works at the firm, according to the cable network.

Dawn Oliveri (“Heroes”), Josh Lawson (“Romantically Challenged”) and comedian Ben Schwartz will make up Marty’s corporate team, with Glynn Turman (“In Treatment”) as Mary’s psychoanalyst father and Donis Leanard Jr. as his young son.